The purchaser must make sure that they budget for the cost of the notaires fees when adding up their costs. This is usually 7% of the purchase price. These fees should always be paid directly to the notaire on the day of the signing of the final contract.
Agency fees are already included in the price of the property.
If you are thinking of getting a mortgage in France or of opening a bank account, at 2 Valley Properties we work closely and highly recommend a bank based in Annecy who have a team who work exclusively for foreigners buying in France. They speak fluent English and are sure to offer you the best rates and the best service. Please contact us for their details. We can also put you in contact with money brokers if you would are going to transfer money from outside of France.